From Army Specialist to Entrepreneur: How My 92S Skills Transformed My Career

As a Shower, Laundry, and Clothing Repair Specialist (92S) in the US Army, I had the opportunity to develop and refine my skills in a fast-paced, high-stress environment. Basic training taught me the importance of attention to detail and working efficiently under pressure, and my advanced training allowed me to specialize in a unique trade that was both challenging and rewarding.

The advanced skills I learned as a 92S included everything from washing and repairing clothing to maintaining the shower and laundry facilities for my unit. I learned how to operate industrial-sized washing machines, dryers, and pressing equipment, as well as how to sew and repair clothing. My training also covered the fundamentals of running a laundry and shower operation, including inventory management, scheduling, and cost control.

When I left the Army, I decided to put my skills to use by starting my own business as a laundry and clothing repair service. I was able to transfer many of the skills I had learned in the military to my new venture, and I found that my background as a 92S gave me a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Here are the top five skills I gained in my time as a 92S that have helped me succeed as an entrepreneur:

  1. Attention to detail - I learned the importance of paying close attention to detail when washing, repairing, and pressing clothing. This same attention to detail has allowed me to provide high-quality services to my customers and ensure that their clothing is returned to them in pristine condition.

  2. Efficiency - Working in a fast-paced environment taught me how to be efficient and get the job done quickly. This skill has been invaluable in running my own business, where I need to be able to turn around jobs quickly to keep up with demand.

  3. Problem solving - As a 92S, I had to troubleshoot problems with the laundry and shower equipment, as well as solve problems with clothing that needed repairs. This experience has allowed me to approach challenges in my business with confidence and find creative solutions to keep my customers happy.

  4. Time management - In the military, I was responsible for managing my time effectively to complete all of my tasks in a timely manner. This same skill has helped me to prioritize tasks and make the most of my time as a small business owner.

  5. Leadership - I learned how to lead and motivate a team of soldiers to complete tasks efficiently and effectively. This experience has given me the skills to manage my employees and create a positive work environment for my business.

In order to further support my entrepreneurial journey, I joined Veterans First Watch, an organization that provides resources and support to veterans looking to start their own businesses. Through this organization, I have gained access to a network of veterans and business owners who have been where I am and can offer guidance and support as I continue to grow my business.

In conclusion, my experience as a Shower, Laundry, and Clothing Repair Specialist in the US Army provided me with a unique set of skills that have helped me to succeed as an entrepreneur. By combining my attention to detail, efficiency, problem-solving skills, time management, and leadership skills, I have been able to build a successful business and serve my community. If you're a veteran looking to start your own business, I encourage you to consider joining Veterans First Watch and taking advantage of the resources they have to offer.